Two-Minute Drill: Herman, Assistants Talk Offense
By Brandon Castel and Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The spotlight will be heavy on Braxton Miller this fall as he attempts to lead Ohio State back to the promised land.
How is Miller handling the spotlight? Where has he improved the most in the last year? What does he have to do to take the next step? Offensive coordinator Tom Herman and his staff answered many of those questions and more on Wednesday.
Herman Talks Braxton Miller
* Herman said Miller's issues were almost all footwork related. A little bit with his left shoulder.
* Herman said Miller sailed the ball at times last year because his left shoulder would fly open. They've added drills to work on tucking it down.
* Herman said Meyer challenged everyone on the staff to come up with new/better ways to teach fundamentals this offseason. He searched everywhere for new/better QB drills, from high school to the pros.
* Herman said Miller improved tremendously in his pocket awareness. He used to panic and just bail on the play.
* Herman said Miller didn't have a lot of bad habits when the new staff arrived, but he didn't have any good ones either.
* Herman: "If he was a 1 out of 10 when we got here, he was probably a 4 at the end of last year. He might be a 6 now, but he can be a 12."
* Herman said too much is made of Braxton going to see the QB "guru" but he's glad he did it. The biggest thing Braxton gained was confidence. He felt he got better.
Offense Making Strides
* Herman said the best thing about this year's spring game was that he wasn't frightened to call a pass play.
* Herman said last year he was clenching his fists every time he called a pass play.
* Herman on how the Buckeyes managed to go 12-0 with so many flaws: "Off the charts leadership. Those kids played really hard."
Running Backs A Plenty
* Drayton said Hyde is becoming a "phenomenal leader." Was happy to see him upset about missing practice. Thought he didn't like to practice.
* Drayton said Rod Smith was having a really good spring before his concussion.
* Drayton said Rod Smith's physicality often set the tempo at practice this spring.
* Drayton said Hyde and Smith have separated themselves from Warren Ball and Bri’onte Dunn. Hyde is 1, Smith is 2. Dunn and Ball change back and forth by the day.
* Stan Drayton said Jalin Marshal will start out in the WR room and Dontre Wilson will split time between WR and RB. He's being "crosstrained" for the hybrid slotback spot.
* Ed Warinner said the battle at RT will continue into the fall, but Decker is ahead of Farris right now.
* Warinner also said he didn't know who his No. 2 center was between Jacoby Boren and Pat Elflein. Pretty even after spring, with Elflein being one of the surprises.
* Herman said they knew J.T. Barrett had the intangibles they were looking for (leadership and smarts) but they wanted to see what he had physical. Said they are really excited to have him.
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